Here is the list of attorneys listed by Houstonia Magazine as a "top family law attorney" in Houston:
Barbara Lynn Schnack - no longer takes private cases - works for Harris County DRO
Christopher & Spofford
K Nicole Voyles
Sam "Trey" Yates
Most I know & many of them I've mediated with -- a few I do not personally know.
When hiring an attorney you need to be aware that the Harris County Family Lawyers group is a tight-knit "family". We might be on opposite sides, but if someone has a problem or issue, the other family law attorneys will always work together to handle the matter in a professional and ethical manner. In Texas, attorneys are held to a professional code of conduct and all judges expect us to follow it.
If you need a family law attorney, check on www.avvo.com, look on the State Bar of Texas website to see if your attorney has any discipline issues with the State Bar and visit their websites. Also, check with friends and family on who they used and liked.
Be aware that Texas law is changed by the Texas legislature every 2 years and what happened in your friend's case 10 years ago might not happen today. So hire someone that goes to court often, knows all the judges and their personalities and is reasonably priced. Family law is expensive and can run into thousands of dollars.
What no one tells you is that over 90% of all cases settle at or before mediation since most people cannot afford to go to trial. If you want a trial anticipate $15,000 minimum and more if you want a jury trial. Plus, judges dislike jury trials because they back up their docket so they will put you off until their calendar is clear - could be over a year to get a first trial date with a jury trial.
Many judges now require mediation prior to even setting temporary orders and definitely before trial. I often mediate a case 2-3 times before a trial setting. I don't settle them all but I save folks a ton of money and a lot of time. Always consider mediation before litigation.
How much does a case cost? At $350